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George Zimmerman assault case dropped; ex-girlfriend recants

Officials say they are dropping the case after Zimmerman’s ex-girlfriend stopped cooperating with authorities.

Mitt Romney to update supporters on 2016 plans

Romney is holding a conference call at 11 a.m. amid strong indications he may jump into the 2016 presidential campaign.

Last-ditch foreclosure hearings draw many Detroit homeowners

Hundreds of Detroit homeowners in danger of losing their properties flocked to hearings that offered a last-ditch chance to avoid foreclosure.

Study: Chances of driver dying in car crash plummets

The chances of a driver dying in a crash in a late-model car or light truck fell by more than a third over three years.

Senate passes Keystone oil pipeline bill

President Obama is certain to veto the bill in his first official clash with the new Republican-majority Congress.

Boy Scouts settle California suit over abuse

The decision will keep years’ worth of “perversion” files detailing sex abuse allegations secret from the public.

Idaho legislative panel halts gay protections bill

Lawmakers voted to halt a bill that would create protections for gay and lesbian people, siding with the concerns of religious freedom supporters.

Chief: Not clear how officer was hurt when teen was killed

A Denver officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 17-year-old girl may have been injured trying to get out of the way of a stolen car the teenager was driving.

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation.

Indiana Gov. Pence scraps plan for state-run news website

Pence’s plan to develop a state-run news website had been widely lambasted for its pledge to offer prewritten stories to the media.

MLK children work to settle dispute over Bible, Nobel prize

The children of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. are trying to settle a lawsuit over their father’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial.

Police: Family killed man over child custody dispute

A woman and her family lured her estranged husband to their home by offering to let him see his children, then beat and fatally shot him.

St. Louis police review board hearing cut short over scuffle

The first public discussion about a proposed civilian police oversight board in St. Louis was cut short after a commotion broke out in the crowd.

Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

Declaring an end to “mindless austerity,” President Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday.

Fugitive treasure hunter says in court he is very sick

A treasure hunter who vanished two years ago while he was in a dispute over one of the greatest deep-sea hauls in American history was in court Thursday.

Texas executes man after court rejects mental impairment argument

Robert Ladd received lethal injection after the Supreme Court rejected arguments he was mentally impaired.

Despite Obama veto threat, Senate passes Keystone bill

The Republican-controlled Senate has passed a bipartisan bill approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

Ex-head of Boston Police pushes for more domestic intelligence gathering

Edward Davis is among a group calling for more intelligence gathering programs to detect “homegrown” extremists.

Ed Davis, former Boston police commissioner, says domestic intelligence gathering should increase

The former head of the Boston Police, citing the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the recent Paris terror attacks, is among a group of former intelligence and counter-terrorism officials calling for stronger domestic spying programs to detect ``homegrown’’ militant extremists.

Obama to seek to bust spending limits by $74 billion

The White House says Obama will propose $530 million for domestic programs.

Father asks Calif. school district to bar unvaccinated students

Carl Krawitt’s son Rhett, 6, has leukemia and is vulnerable to infection and unable to be vaccinated.

Gitmo officer says limits on female guards put mission at risk

Court orders barring female guards from jobs requiring physical contact with certain Muslim detainees could jeopardize the safety of the operation, the officer said.

AG nominee Lynch cautiously backs immigration policy

Loretta Lynch sidestepped political tripwires before lawmakers deeply critical of the department she has been picked to lead.

Owner shocked when cat he thought was dead comes back from grave

Bart the cat was hit by a car, buried and seemingly crawled back from the dead.

After years on the lam, treasure hunter is captured in Fla.

Federal marshals arrested Tommy Thompson, accused of cheating his investors out of their share of one of the richest hauls in US history, Tuesday.

Single mom who lost job jailed in bomb threat bank heist

The woman told police she recently lost her job; police said she tried to rob $40,000 from a Pennsylvania bank by claiming to have a bomb in her car at a drive-thru window.

Nuclear scientist imprisoned for 5 years

A disgruntled, former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist promised to design a bomb targeted for New York City in exchange for “money and power.”

DEA dropped plan to scan plates near gun shows

The DEA’s administrator said that the proposal memorialized in an employee’s e-mail was only a suggestion.

Influential blogger Andrew Sullivan to stop writing for website

Sullivan said that while he will no longer write daily for his website, he “won’t disappear as a writer.”

Two more ex-Vanderbilt players set to face charges in rape

Two former football players face decades in prison after being convicted Tuesday of the rape of an unconscious student.

Famed civil rights protesters to have arrest records erased

A prosecutor is expected to ask a judge to vacate the arrests and convictions of the men known as the Friendship Nine.

Ex-Boy Scout describes mental scars left by abuse at trial

The 20-year-old man, who was 13 when he was molested, told jurors he secretly taped the Scout leader making a partial confession.

Georgia man executed for killing fellow inmate

Warren Lee Hill was put to death by injection of a single drug Tuesday at the state prison in Jackson.

Blizzard was a miss in NYC, not a bust

Small last minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York.

Suspect charged with murder of missing Georgia couple

A man answering a Craigslist ad from a couple who wanted to buy a 1966 Mustang robbed, shot and killed the husband and wife.

Gowdy vows to ‘ratchet up’ Benghazi investigation

Representative Trey Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, is the chairman of a special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks.

Drone operator had been drinking before crash

The drone that landed on the White House grounds is being described as the drunken misadventure of a government employee.

Twins who ran major US drug ring sentenced to 14 years each

Pedro and Margarito Flores, 33, were portrayed by prosecutors as among the most valuable traffickers-turned-informants in history.

House GOP moves toward possible lawsuit on immigration

House Speaker John Boehner announced the plans in a private meeting with lawmakers Tuesday, according to a person who attended.

Astronomers find solar system more than double ours in age

A newly discovered solar system — with five small rocky planets — makes ours look like a baby.

1 of 4 boys who fell into icy Maryland pond dies

One of four boys who fell into an icy pond outside Baltimore over the weekend has died, authorities said Tuesday.

NY Assembly speaker to step down amid criminal charges

Sheldon Silver is accused of using his influence to pocket almost $4 million in kickbacks.

NTSB: Systemic flaws in safety oversight of gas pipelines

Three powerful accidents in recent years highlight weaknesses in the oversight of how natural gas providers maintain the largest pipelines in their networks, accident investigators said.

Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty.

Massive snowstorm hits the Northeast

The storm blasted the region with wind-whipped snow that piled nearly three-feet high in some places.

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

Travel bans lifted in New Jersey and New York

A blizzard heaped snow on eastern Mass. but failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and NYC.

Travel bans lifted in New Jersey, New York

Some areas in the Northeast escaped the brunt of a winter storm that is now pounding Massachusetts.

Oklahoma could halt executions for Supreme Court drug review

Rather than stop the executions himself, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt took the unusual step of asking the justices for a stay.

Small drone breaches White House grounds, prompting lockdown

The drone, which was about 2 feet in diameter and weighed about 2 pounds, was operated by a government employee whom the Secret Service did not identify.